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Last Day in Spain

Today, we wrap-up our trip to Seville and take a car back to Lisbon. This morning, we went to Taller Flamenco for Rhoda’s one-hour flamenco lessons which she thoroughly enjoyed. While waiting for her, Tita Cel and got to chatting with two ladies from Germany and France who were waiting for their 10am-1pm class. It seems the Taller is really popular as there was another class going on in another room. After the class, we stopped at a shop called Flamenco y Mas on our way to the Basilica de Macarena. Grabbed some instructional videos on the compas and castanuelos as well as some compact discs and a book on flamenco. On a glass case were some high-quality branded castanuelos which were different from the more commercial ones readily available at the souvenir shops. The pair I bought cost 29€ and was crafted by the workshop of Manuel Velez.

We barely had time to really take in the beautiful interiors of the Basilica de Macarena as it was 11 a.m. already and we had to grab a taxi to the Catedral de Seville.

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he taxi dropped us off at the entrance for groups so we had to walk in the rain to the opposite side. Thankfully, it was a breeze to get inside as there was no line in the queue for those who bought online tickets.

The cathedral, the largest Gothic one in Europe, was jaw-dropping with its vaulted ceilings and wide spaces.

On its sides are many chapels with some containing tombs.

The piece-de-resistance was the tomb containing the bones of Christopher Columbus.

We bought some last minute souvenirs at Artesanal Sevilla by the Plaza de Pilatos. I got a cheaper set of castanuelas (8.99 €) just so I can have another one. According to the box, it’s fabricado en españa rather than Made in China which I saw in sets at other stores.

I really enjoyed Spain and long to be back.

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Seeing Seville

Morning brought blue skies so we took a taxi to Plaza de España.

This grand open space was constructed for the 1929 Expo and has since been refurbished. Of all Seville’s sights, nothing can beat its grandeur.

It sits like a beautiful queen awaiting her guests.

You can rent a small row boat to navigate the canal.

From the plaza, we crossed the river to Triana to the Mercado de Triana which turned out to be closed except for a few stalls such as this pasteleria with delicious French pastries that beckoned us to sit and have some coffee before exploring the neighborhood.

Seville is known for its ceramics and the workshops in Triana are the best place to buy them. We headed to one at Calle San Jorge just across the tile museum.

So many different stuff. I would have wanted to bring home plates, platters, and cups if I could.

Opposite the tile shop was the Callejon de la Inquisicion where prisoners of the notorius Spanish Inquisition passed through on their way to the Castilo San Jorge to be tortured by the monks. I imagined I was one while walking through it.

The short passageway led to the river. It’s so clean, there are ducks and people paddle boarding.

Being a Sunday, there were many people out on the streets. We headed to the small Capilla de los Marineros with its huge statues of the Virgin Mary and Christ.

At the side of the chapel is this interesting statue of Christ. You hardly see statues of him post-crucifixion. I wonder what the sculptor had in mind when he created this?

Just a few meters away was the beautiful Iglesia de Sta. Ana with its many Virgin Marys all with different facial features.

At the back of the church is an old altar with a lovely retablo.

One of the two pipe organs.

In Triana are the many tiles on houses and other buildings with the image of the Virgin Mary.

There were also shops selling religious items such as those beautiful appliquè textiles used in the Virgin Mary’s clothes.

We had lunch at the Mercado de Barrera back on the other side of the river. Unlike the mercado in Madrid, this was larger and had more seata and not as crowded. we had some morcilla and Sevillan chicharon together with the black paella.

Next stop was at the Real Maestranza, Seville’s bullfighting ring.

The mandatory guided tour took us throug the small museum with its paintings and prints of bullfighting scenes and famous matadiots.

The more interesting gallery was the one with the matadors’ intricate tight-fitting costumes.

I noticed how small they seemed to be.

This the stalls where the bulls are kept.

There’s also a small chapel.

Finally, we were led out to ring, the largest in Seville.

The seating capacity is 12,000. According to our guide, these can easily get filled-up.

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This is where the bulls pass.

This is the gate where they come out to the ring.

To be able to pass through the Prince’s Gate, a matador must have had 3 wins.

Back to Triana to watch a flamenco show at the CasaLa Teatro. The small theatre only sits 28 but didn’t feel cramped at all.

The dancing was different from the flamenco we watched the previous evening at the Casa de la Guitarra. This had more dancing and also featured castanets. The female singer was superb. Very emotional singing.

We ended the day at La Despensa for some cochinillo.

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